Whilst Christmas is traditionally a time for over indulging be it roast turkey and all the trimmings, cheese and biscuits and a glass of wine, or even a mince pie and mulled wine there are generally chocolates just left on the side to be enjoyed when watching those Christmas films from your childhood. The luxury chocolates are fine to begin with but they don’t really last long and it is a sign of Christmas being over when there are only the toffees left in the Roses tin.
Chocolate is certainly addictive but increasingly it is seen as having health benefits. Before you milky bar kids get too excited, it is the dark variety that it the most beneficial. For example, the cocoa in dark chocolate has four times more anti-oxidants than a cup of tea which lowers the risks of developing heart disease – as well as lung and prostate cancer and type-2 diabetes, according to research at the Netherlands Institute of Public Health and Environment. Unfortunately, like all good things, moderation is the key and also the difficulty with chocolate. It is high in fat and calories although you do need less dark chocolate than milk to satisfy your craving.
With all of this in mind, you don’t really need to wait until Christmas to indulge a little and with it being chocolate week from 12th October – 18th October you will have a perfect excuse for enjoying your favourite bar or box of chocolates. In fact it’s your duty to take the next few days as a warm up for the October 12th and if a bar of creamy dairy milk or Green and Blacks should happen to fall into your shopping basket as you reach for a slab of the dark stuff that will just the best kind of accident ever!!